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Go ahead and listen to Anita Laughlin’s Nobel Award adventure to Stockholm…

Anita Laughlin, author of Reindeer with King GustafAnita Laughlin is a second-grade teacher at Escondido School in Palo Alto, Calif., and author of Reindeer with King Gustaf, an account of how her husband, Stanford University Physics Professor Robert B. Laughlin, won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1998.

A native of Palo Alto, Anita won the Ivan Linder Creative Writing Prize for Poetry and Playwriting while she was a student at Palo Alto High School. She attended Connecticut College, earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Studio Art. She holds two master’s degrees, in Education and in Special Education and Expressive Art Therapies, from Lesley College Graduate School, now Lesley University, in Cambridge, Mass.

Anita completed graduate internships at Perkins School for the Blind, and at Boston Children’s Hospital Neurology Ward working therapeutically through the arts with patients while under clinical supervision. She has worked in Massachusetts and New Jersey in public and residential school programs that served autistic, learning disabled, psychotic and schizophrenic children. Returning to California, she started a Perceptual and Sensory-Motor Program (K – 6) at Diablo Valley Montessori School in Lafayette.

Since 1995 Anita has taught at Escondido School, where she has been named among five finalists out of 3,000 teacher entries for the TeachEach Charles Schwab Foundation Award for working with special needs students. In 2003, she worked with students of the Stanford STEP Program and with undergraduate students taking technology courses who wanted to develop software for elementary classrooms. One of these collaborative software programs on the study of the Mars rovers was published in the fall of 2004. Subsequent collaborations with undergraduate Stanford students have involved developing and piloting science curriculum. She and her students have participated for several years in the Palo Alto Art Center’s Cultural Kaleidoscope Program.

Anita married Robert Laughlin, a graduate of M.I.T., in 1978. Dr. Laughlin has been a theoretical physicist at Stanford University for 25 years and is the 1998 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics for his work on the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect. They have two sons: Nathaniel, 26, a software engineer at Armus Corporation, and Todd, 24, a sales representative for Flashbay.

To learn more, visit her public Web site at http://www.anitalaughlin.net.

Juicy accounts during the week of the Nobel Award ceremony

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12 Responses to “Anita Laughlin”

  1. Ruth Anne Wood 8 December 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I had so much fun interviewing Anita. I couldn’t believe how many parallels there were with her family and research and mine… and I felt like I was on the bus with her and all the past Nobel Science Laureates. It’s what Napolean Hill would consider a powerful mastermind group! I agree, there should be a venue where all the past laureates come together and collaborate on a project, expo or training series to harness all that genius insight.


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